A Day of Silents

      San Francisco Bay Area silent film fans won't have to wait until summer to get their fix: "A Day of Silents," a one-day, five-film orgy of non-talkies, will be held at San Francisco's Castro  ...

Trumbo (2015)

    It was disheartening to read in the “Trumbo” publicity that the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, including the now-reviled House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), was a “forgotten piece of history.” On the other hand,  ...

The Forbidden Room (2015)

    With “The Forbidden Room,” Guy Maddin, co-directing with his former student Evan Johnson, has managed to out-Maddin even his usual maniacal, evocative, psychosexual, non sequitur-laden style. The film opens with a guy in a bathrobe, Marv  ...

The Assassin (2015)

    “The Assassin” is exactly what you would expect from a Hou Hsaio-hsien wuxia film, if you ever expected a Hou Hsiao-hsien wuxia film at all – it’s not much fun. Which isn’t to say it doesn’t  ...

The Dancer (1994)

        “Feet, feet, feet!” is the universal battle cry. Anyone who has taken ballet or modern dance class, and has heard it shouted from the front of the studio knows that first, last  ...

Amy Winehouse in Art and Film

  If you’re a fan or are merely curious about the late Grammy award-winning jazz/blues singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse (1983-2011), and you’re able to get to San Francisco, you are in luck. After listening carefully to her music,  ...

Best of Enemies (2015)

      Why would a 2015 audience want to see a documentary about televised political debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley that occurred almost 50 years ago? Because “Best of Enemies” brilliantly recreates  ...

Irrational Man (2015)

    Not all Woody Allen movies are brilliant, but all have merit in some shape or form. The dark comedy, “Irrational Man,” a superficial version of much finer Allen films (e.g., “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Match Point”),  ...

Boulevard (2014)

  "Maybe it's never too late to start living the life you really want," says Winston (Bob Odenkirk), the best friend of Nolan Mack (Robin Williams) in Williams's last live-action film, "Boulevard." That's a sweet, upbeat--and unearned--sentiment at the  ...